As NoSQL databases go, there is no shortage of types. But one has emerged with arguably the most amount of momentum going into 2015: MongoDB.
As an open source documents database, MongoDB is relatively simple for application developers to master using JSON formats and open application programming interfaces. The end result is the emergence of a platform widely used to create a broad range of department applications.
MongoDB use likely will continue to expand this year in the wake of the company’s recent acquisition of WiredTiger and its storage engine that can scale significantly higher.
Available in Release Candidate 2 of version 2.8 of MongoDB, the new storage engine provides much greater levels of compression, which serves to reduce the amount of storage MongoDB applications must use, noted Kelly Stirman, director of products at MongoDB.
Just as significantly, the ability to swap in a new storage engine shows how extensible the MongoDB architecture is, Stirman said. Other database platforms would require a major upgrade that would take years to develop before they could every upgrade the core storage engine, he added.
With more than 10,000 downloads of MongoDB now occurring daily, many organizations are using MongoDB to consolidate a raft of proprietary document repositories using an inexpensive open source platform that scales significantly higher, Stirman said. Although most of those downloads are being driven by individual developers, there clearly is a significant opportunity for solution providers to build a practice around MongoDB deployments.
Regardless of whether those applications get deployed on premise or in the cloud, MongoDB provides a flexible schema design to support a wide variety of classes of applications that once were the province of commercial database platforms, such as Microsoft Access or Lotus Notes. The opportunity now is to build similar types of applications that scale across the enterprise.
With more organizations trying to get a better handle on their document repositories going into 2015, MongoDB has clearly emerged as a NoSQL database that has the chops to stand the test of time. For solution providers, MongoDB's position offers a level of confidence in an open source platform for which all signs point to continued grow and improvement. As such, MongoDB is driving a wave of new application development and consolidation opportunities that solution providers should be driving more aggressively in 2015.